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VENUS AND DIONE

her, saying, "Which of the heavenly beings has been treating you in this way, as though you had been doing something wrong in the face of day?"

375And laughter-loving Venus answered, "Proud Diomed, the son of Tydeus, wounded me. because I was bearing my dear son Æneas, whom I love best of all mankind, out of the fight. The war is no longer one between Trojans and Achæans, for the Danaans have now taken to fighting with the immortals."

381"Bear it, my child," replied Dione, "and make the best of it. We dwellers in Olympus have to put up with much at the hands of men, and we lay much suffering on one another. Mars had to suffer when Otus and Ephialtes, children of Aloeus, bound him in cruel bonds, so that he lay thirteen months imprisoned in a vessel of bronze. Mars would have then perished had not fair Eëribœa, stepmother to the sons of Aloeus, told Mercury, who stole him away when he was already well-nigh worn out by the severity of his bondage. Juno, again, suffered when the mighty son of Amphitryon wounded her on the right breast with a three- barbed arrow, and nothing could assuage her pain. So, also, did huge Hades, when this same man, the son of ægis-bearing Jove, hit him with an arrow even at the gates of hell, and hurt him badly. Thereon Hades went to the house of Jove on great Olympus, angry and full of pain; and the arrow in his brawny shoulder caused him great anguish till Pæëon healed him by spreading soothing herbs on the wound, for Hades was not of mortal mould. Daring, head-strong, evil-doer who recked not of his sin in shooting the gods that dwell in Olympus. And now Minerva has egged this son of Tydeus on against yourself, fool that he is for not reflecting that no man who fights with gods will live long or hear his children prattling about his knees when he returns from battle. Let, then, the son of Tydeus see that he does not have to fight with one who is stronger than you are. Then shall his brave wife Ægialeia, daughter of Adrestus, rouse her whole